Ai Weiwei closes his exhibition in Denmark as protest at asylum-seeker law
The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei decided to prematurely close his exhibition, Ruptures, taking place in Copenhagen and initially due to shut down in mid-April. This symbolic gesture follows the adoption by the Danish government of a law allowing authorities to confiscate refugees’ belongings and to prevent families to be reunited within three years.
Currently present on the Greek island of Lesbos, Ai Weiwei had the occasion to meet refugees that fled over seas, defying death. Thousands are arriving every day with nothing and keep experiencing appalling health and living conditions in Europe.
Moved by these moments with refugees, the artist chose to use his influence, voice and reputation to express his disapproval: an admirable act according to Jens Faurschou whose gallery hosted the show and wasn’t surprised by this decision.
Ai Weiwei stated that he is “pointing at all those governments who are not really facing up to this humanitarian crisis”, driven by the “bad judgment” that “our established society cannot make exceptions, but instead lower our standards of human rights […]”.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan